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Jon Howard
March 22, 2017

As we move into the 3.5mm-less future (sadness), Google is one step ahead in Android O with support for the LDAC Bluetooth codec. Google is locating this as a way to leap into particular topics more profoundly than just brushing on these subjects in the Google app's primary feed. O is no exception - introducing notification channels, which are nothing else than app-defined categories for different notification content. The firm says: It's a "new native API that's designed specifically for apps that require high-performance, low-latency audio". You will no longer have to manage all the notifications as if they were the same. Currently, you can only turn an app's notifications on or off.

Select devices made by Google are actually able to run Android O today, but we agree with the company's recommendation that only developers give the Developer Preview a try. The new launcher introduced with Pixel phones launched in September previous year didn't make it to the Pixel C tablet until now when Google brought all the goodies in the latest Android 7.1.2 beta version.

Additionally, Android 8.0 Oreo is rumored to come with active notifications such as e-mail or chat apps. The company has been continually working on making it more useful and to bring more ease to the users.

Other rumored features include picture-in-picture mode like Android TV, a smart text selection floating toolbar with Google Assistant integration and more restrictions for background apps. There will be many improvements and new additions for Enterprise as well in Android O. We will also see live icons, which is something the Pixel already has with the Calendar icon. App developers can find out a lot more about how to use these new font resources on the Android O dev site. You can also cancel or tap the snooze alert to change the length of time to 30 minutes or an hour. These apps will be able to store data like your email address and phone number and automatically add it to form fields in other apps. There's also new notification visuals and grouping options, which are meant to help streamline the process of reviewing notifications.

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Google has also shown off a number of other new additions in Android O, including a picture-in-picture mode for phones, following a launch on tablet devices past year.

Google has started rolling out the second beta build of Android 7.1.2 over-the-air to devices that are registered in the Android Beta Program. The Adaptive Icons feature is a bit amusing. Apps that have been updated with adaptive icons will be rendered on the device to match that outline so they'll fit in better.

The Google I/O annual developer conference is just a couple of months away.

To uninstall Android O following your trials you will need to download and flash to your device a factory image of Android Nougat.

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